McCready, Nathaniel (No. 814)

McCready, Nathaniel (Nat)

Rifleman

No. 814, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Monday 10 July 1916 (aged 30)

Buried:

Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, France (Grave A. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, his surname is spelt McCreedy.

Nathaniel McCready was born on 10 December 1885 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor and he was a son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth McCready (nee McCracken) who were married on 22 May 1876 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

The McCready family lived in Ballymacormick and at 18 Ballymagee Street, Bangor.

Nathaniel McCready Senior worked as a bricklayer and labourer and he and Elizabeth had ten children:

Jane (born 4 March 1877 in Ballymacormick)

Mary Ann (born 18 October 1878 in Ballymacormick)

Samuel (born 28 April 1880 in Ballymacormick)

Sarah (born 9 January 1882)

Nathaniel (born 10 December 1885 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor)

Margaret (Maggie, born 27 September 1887 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor)

John (born 16 March 1890 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor; died 7 November 1890)

John (born 4 July 1892 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor; married Henrietta Waterson from Groomsport on 2 April 1918)

Elizabeth Low (born 9 February 1895 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor)

Robert Millar (born 24 September 1897 in Ballymagee Street, Bangor; died 15 March 1979)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Nathaniel McCready Junior worked as a plumber and bricklayer and he was also a fireman in Bangor Fire Brigade.

Nathaniel McCready and Elizabeth Michael (born in County Londonderry) were married on 18 November 1908 in Holywood Presbyterian Church and they lived at 152 Seacliffe Road, Bangor.  They had three children:

Robert James Michael (born 5 September 1909 at 28 Dufferin Avenue, Bangor; died of oedema of the larynx 14 December 1909)

Elizabeth (born 15 September 1914)

Margaret (born 15 September 1914)

Nathaniel McCready enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was wounded during the Battle of the Somme.  He was taken Prisoner-of-War and he died of his wounds in enemy hands on 10 July 1916.  At the time of his death his wife Elizabeth was living at 56 Mathieson Street, South Side, Glasgow.

There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, France:

Always remembered by his widow and children

Rifleman Nathaniel McCready is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum; in First Bangor Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Abbey Graveyard (where his date of death is inscribed as 1 July 1916).

Rifleman Nathaniel McCready’s father, Nathaniel, died on 19 June 1940 and his mother, Elizabeth, died on 6 November 1943.